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So what does a "good LOR" need to specifically have? Like what kind of points should be mentioned to make it "good/strong" instead of "normal/generic"?
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You can learn everything you need to know about Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) here:
http://www.matcharesident.com/blog/h...ecommendation/

But to summarize, the best LoRs are:
1. Specialty specific
2. Recent
3. From US Clinical Experience

If you are able to sit down and have a talk with your letter writers, ask for their feedback on your performance, then let them know your expectations for the letter. For example, you can say, "I have an interest in Internal Medicine..." This not only gives you an idea of what's in the letter but helps it not be generic.

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You can learn everything you need to know about Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) here:
http://www.matcharesident.com/blog/h...ecommendation/

But to summarize, the best LoRs are:
1. Specialty specific
2. Recent
3. From US Clinical Experience

If you are able to sit down and have a talk with your letter writers, ask for their feedback on your performance, then let them know your expectations for the letter. For example, you can say, "I have an interest in Internal Medicine..." This not only gives you an idea of what's in the letter but helps it not be generic.

-Olivia
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Thanks a ton!! This really helps. How would i be able to best answer the question what makes me different from other IMGs ?
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You can learn everything you need to know about Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) here:
http://www.matcharesident.com/blog/h...ecommendation/

But to summarize, the best LoRs are:
1. Specialty specific
2. Recent
3. From US Clinical Experience

If you are able to sit down and have a talk with your letter writers, ask for their feedback on your performance, then let them know your expectations for the letter. For example, you can say, "I have an interest in Internal Medicine..." This not only gives you an idea of what's in the letter but helps it not be generic.

-Olivia
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I have a question for you Olivia.
I understand that most programs require 3 LORs. Now I have 2 waived ones from pediatricians in the US.
For the 3rd, please let me know whats best to use.
-waived LOR from my school Head of Department of "Medicine"
OR
-a LOR from a resident I worked closely with in the US who knows me really well and is now a board certified pediatrician himself too.
Does a resident's LOR have any negatives?


Another question, not on this topic though. Is ACLS/BLS/PALS certification a must prior to residency? Or irrespective of you having a certification, they would make you repeat it when you begin your residency? In that case, why does ERAS ask for it?
If it is a must, what does ERAS mean by certified for ACLS in the USA? Is a AHA approved course outside of the USA valid?

Thanks in advance.
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Thanks a ton!! This really helps. How would i be able to best answer the question what makes me different from other IMGs ?
Well, you have to ask yourself what makes you different from any other human being. What makes you unique or special? Then, you have to be able to back it up with examples.

For example:
Don't just say "I'm a hard worker."
Say "I stayed every night until midnight making sure my patients were well cared for."

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I have a question for you Olivia.
I understand that most programs require 3 LORs. Now I have 2 waived ones from pediatricians in the US.
For the 3rd, please let me know whats best to use.
-waived LOR from my school Head of Department of "Medicine"
OR
-a LOR from a resident I worked closely with in the US who knows me really well and is now a board certified pediatrician himself too.
Does a resident's LOR have any negatives?


Another question, not on this topic though. Is ACLS/BLS/PALS certification a must prior to residency? Or irrespective of you having a certification, they would make you repeat it when you begin your residency? In that case, why does ERAS ask for it?
If it is a must, what does ERAS mean by certified for ACLS in the USA? Is a AHA approved course outside of the USA valid?

Thanks in advance.
How well did the department head know you? You will have to weigh which letter best portrays you. While a department head has more prestige, but if itís just a generic letter it may not mean as much as a letter from someone who can identify specific attributes that make you a good candidate.

Those certifications are all good to have but to my experience I havenít heard of any program requiring them. ERAS just wants to make sure they are giving a full picture of you to programs and programs will want to know about any extra certifications you have. If youíre extra worried, either contact programs you like or call ERAS Support Services.

-Olivia
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